Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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5:37pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 18, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address, San Francisco public library's approach to dealing with the homeless, a thriller on Alcatraz, Alameda Point--one of the Bay Area's five poorest neighborhoods, and local musicians Los Boleros.

5:33pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Arts & Culture

A writer's take on prisons and a historic prison break

Photo courtesy of http://7thvictim.com/inmate-1577.php

Local author Alan Jacobson writes thrillers, including a popular series that follows the exploits of FBI profiler Karen Vail. His most recent book in the series, Inmate 1577, takes place in San Francisco – specifically, Alcatraz. Jacobson did extensive research on prison life in the 1960s, particularly at the Federal Penitentiary at Alcatraz.

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3:00pm

Wed January 18, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

Expert Says “College Ready For All” Will Not Solve Dropout Crisis

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Could being on the high school football team prepare you just as well for the workplace as taking an advanced placement class? By forcing all students onto a college-bound track, we ignore the fact that there are other trajectories towards success and gainful employment, according to Russell Rumberger, who currently serves as provost in the Office of the President at the University of California, and director of the California Dropout Research Project.

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2:26pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Arts & Culture

Will we ever get out of the Two Thousands and into the Twenties?

How do you say 2012?

Do you know what year this is?  I’m not asking what you write on your checks (providing you still use them). That’s easy: it’s 2012.  But what do you say when you say it out loud?

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2:25pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Transportation

In State of State, Governor Brown Stands Behind High Speed Rail

California Governor Jerry Brown in 2010 (photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr)

In his State of the State address today, Governor Jerry Brown didn’t give an inch on the state’s embattled high-speed rail plan.  Likening the project to the launching of BART, the Panama Canal, and the Suez Canal, Brown said: “Those who believe California is in decline will naturally shrink back from such a strenuous undertaking,” he said. “I understand that feeling, but I don’t share it.”

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